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MeeScan – A New Way to Check Out!

Try our new self-checkout service – MeeScan.

There’s no need to wait in line at the circulation desk – users can check out items in the privacy of their own devices, on their own time, from anywhere in the library.  In addition to a quicker, simpler, and more private experience, meeScan will help you stay green and keep track of your checkouts by sending you an email receipt for every transaction.

 

Tell us! – What do You Love About Your Library?

Please visit OCLN’s Wired to Reach You site and take a moment to tell us how your library impacts your life.  Your stories will be shared with state legislators and your local library officials.

 

 

Networks and libraries across the Commonwealth, including OCLN, are wired together to create opportunities for you to gain access to more than 53 million items. Because of this, you can:

  • Download eBooks and audiobooks
  • Reserve books online
  • Borrow a book from a library other than your home library

Last year, OCLN supported libraries circulated 4,499,679 physical items.

In the past five years, eBook downloads at OCLN supported libraries have increased by 210%.

Technology has changed a lot in the past 20 years. But what hasn’t changed is state funding to support library technology and library networks. In fact, this funding is 36% lower than it was in 2001. This funding is critical in keeping networks wired to reach you.

 

 

 

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Boston Bruins 12th annual PJ Drive

Few things in life are as comforting as snuggling up in a warm pair of PJs and listening to a story. Unfortunately, for many children across Massachusetts living under financial hardship, this comfort is out of reach. The Kingston Public Library is committed to helping to solve this problem by making sure more children have access to warm, comfortable pajamas. Teaming up with the Boston Bruins, Cradles to Crayons, Wonderfund of Massachusetts, the Department of Children and Families, and other local organizations, the Library is collecting new pajamas for children who live in low income or homeless situations.

Over the last 11 years, the Boston Bruins PJ Drive has raised thousands of dollars, and given thousands of PJs to families in need. This year, with a goal of 15,000 new PJs, the drive is poised once again to help thousands of children across the state. To reach this goal, the help of all communities in Massachusetts is needed.  In years past Kingston residents have shown their kindness by contributing generously to this drive.

The drive runs from February 1st to March 15th. Those interested in making a donation can drop off their new PJs at collection stations at the Kingston Public Library, Town Hall, Council on Aging, Fire Department, and the Recreation Department.  Donation bins can also be found at preschools throughout Kingston.  In addition to helping families in need, pajamas donated during the last week of February will count towards paying off overdue fines at the library.   With the help and support of Kingston residents, thousands of children across Massachusetts can have access to a warm set of PJs, something no kid should be without.

For more information visit the library’s website at www.kingstonpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 781-585-0517 x6280

 

 

Libraries AND online booksellers

You might have seen that article last July in Forbes, which breezily suggested that libraries are obsolete in the brave new world of Amazon. Or, maybe you missed it because the large and furious backlash quickly prompted the magazine to pull the article.

To follow up on the story, and the story after that story, the library group OCLC conducted a study with an Ohio public library to find out how their patrons use libraries and Amazon.  This blog post details the research, making the

quantitative argument that libraries are not just important to the people who use library services, but to the businesses in adjacent spaces.

Have a look! 

 

 

A New Way to Check Out! – meeScan

MeeScan is a self-checkout service that works by utilizing your smartphone or tablet’s mobile technology along with the library’s WiFi network.  Unlike conventional self-checkout stations, with meeScan, library patrons can check-out their items from anywhere in the library using their smartphone or tablet.

Available for download on iOS, Android, and Blackberry platforms, meeScan is user friendly and simple to set up.  There’s no need to wait in line at the circulation desk – patrons can check out items in the privacy of their own devices, on their own time, from anywhere in the library.  In addition to a quicker, simpler, and more private check-out experience, meeScan will help you keep track of your checkouts and stay green by sending you an email receipt for every transaction.

To find out more about meeScan, visit meescan.com or stop by the Kingston Public Library to see how it works in person!